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Postal address:
Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham Hill, Egham, Surrey
Phone: +44 1784 443524

The CHS Research Group comprises established researchers of international standing in the fields of clinical, health and social psychology. Our mission is to share expertise from a range of research areas in order to promote excellence in basic and applied psychology research in clinical, health and social psychology. Our research spans a wide range of areas and interests and is supported by Research Council, Government, Charity and Industry funding.

Members' interests and expertise

Clinical Psychology: Psychological aspects of multiple sclerosis, including cognition and emotion, natural history studies and medication efficacy; development, standardisation and validation of relevant measures. Cognitive  characteristics of children with cochlear implants. Psychosocial, cognitive and affective factors in community clinical, offender and student populations associated with mental health problems such as major depressive disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder and deliberate self harm; future-directed thinking and its relationship to well-being and emotional disorders; cultural and religious factors affecting mental health, service provision and uptake; Children's experiences of mental health services

Health Psychology: Psychological factors in the management of chronic diseases, including diabetes, HIV, kidney disease, degenerative diseases of the visual system, hypothyroidism and multiple sclerosis; the development, validation and use of patient-completed questionnaire measures; the health and well-being of older people; the impact of chronic disorders on children and adolescents; psychological outcomes and processes in clinical trials evaluation new treatments; application of health psychology to veterinary medicine; cognitive biases in chronic pain; the role of health care professionals in facilitating health behaviour change.

Social Psychology: Social identity processes associated with national identity, the self-concept in relation to group membership, social psychological aspects of European integration, the social psychology of prejudice and stereotyping; intergroup and inter-ethnic relations with reference to social identity, acculturation strategies, social comparisons and relative deprivation; social psychology of widespread beliefs with a particular focus on beliefs in conspiracy theories; personal and cultural values; predicting charitable behaviour; the development of morality in children; adult and children conversations regarding morality; gender differences in children; ethnicity effects in children; self-presentation use and understanding; development of social skills; children's peer relations; development emotion recognition; links between behaviour and personal factors.

Sources of research funding include Alcon Research Ltd (USA), Anglo-German Foundation, BackCare, Bayer Healthcare, British Academy, British Council, British Psychological Society, Economic and Social Research Council, Leverhulme Trust, Medical Research Council,Ministry of Defence, Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Kidney Research Fund, Nuffield Foundation, PPP Healthcare Trust, Safoni-Aventis (Canada), Sure Startand the Talking Matters Association.

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